Applied Developmental Theory: PDF OnlyWelfare Reform The Special Case of Young Children with Disabilities and Their FamiliesRosman, Elisa A. MA1; Knitzer, Jane PhD2Author Information 1Doctoral Student Psychology Department New York University New York, New York 2Deputy Director National Center for Children in Poverty School of Public Health Columbia University New York, New York The authors thank Hirokazu Yoshikawa for belpful comments on previous drafts of the article. Infants & Young Children: January 2001 - Volume 13 - Issue 3 - p 25-35 Free Abstract Young children with disabilities and their families have been ignored in research on the effects of welfare reform on children and families. This article provides a framework for thinking about how welfare reform affects this population and presents strategies for addressing their unique needs. It documents the relationship between disability and poverty, as well as the prevalence of disability among mothers and children who receive welfare. It reviews major changes in the law and highlights the challenges they present. For each challenge, one suggestion is given. A final section calls for specific actions to help this population. ©2001Aspen Publishers, Inc.